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De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005

Formerly brewed at De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Diksmuide, Belgium


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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (8113) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar, pours a cloudy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, sour fruits, some turpentine, and paint thinner. Flavour of white wine notes, turpentine, oak barrels, and Belgian yeast. Super complex, but too much paint thinner quality, on top of the vinous notes. Way overrated. Not of top tier as the ratings suggest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9199) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
Enjoyed bottle at Torst. The secret to its preservation is the honey, and that was big in the taste. Orange and golden bodied. Not boozy but its a big beer. With the honey is cloves, champagne yeast, other spice and a hint of vin tannin. Smooth, A little bitterness in the finish. Not as interesting or different as marketed and pricey, still a nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11126) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2013
Bottle shared with Bruce and Leighton at DHVL, 22/03/13. Hazed mid golden with a medium sized off white head that retains well. Nose carries sweet brown sugar, burnt rubber, almonds, dark toffee, light must, touch of alcohol. Taste comprises sugars, booze, marsh mellows, toffee, background fruits. Fullish boied, touch of booze in the finish. Decent but wouldnít part with as much cash to try this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2013
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 Draft with good friends at Torst. Pale gold pour. Amazing wine nose. Cinnamon vanilla taste. So slight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dredmond (176) - Long Island, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2013
poured from bottle, light but distinct aroma, light and smooth on the palette, very enjoyable lingering aftertaste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5839) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle at Torst with David and dallas. 2005 vintage. Pours a hazy orange body with thin white lacing. Aroma is lots of spice, candy, hop and funk. Mouthfeel is super active With notes of sour dark fruits, spice, light cocoa and faint hop. Incredible complexity. Although, $70 for a 12ounce..... Uh who do you like? Hullo?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Had from the bottle at Kulminator. Pours clear golden orange with a thin white head. The nose is dusty tropical fruit, has some chemical notes to it. Not what I was expecting. The taste is very sweet with a little bitter mixed in. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry, the body is light and the finish is long. Not sure what to think about this, I like it, but I like the version without the rodenbach yeast better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (4251) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2013
bottle @ kulmi . pours blonde, white foam smell is sour, sugary, yoghurt. feels thick, lots of carbo, yet not TOO much. sugary, caramel, sweet, sour, yoghurt, SO DAMN UNIQUE i even get like the taste that reminds me of the smell of a room where there have been smoked cigars, but now the scent has fadesd a bit.. very weird ! tbh, itsd not my favourite taste but the thing is with all stille nachtís , theyíre just so unique, and that, is exaclty what i want in a beer. uncomparable things are ALWAYS better

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2013
0.33l bottle @ Kulminator. Finally! My god! It looks like a bloody snow storm in the glass! Bubbles all over the place. On top a big big-bubbly off-white head and in the body a dark almost copper-honey colored thing with trillions of bursting bubbles shimmering to the surface. It looks amazing! The aroma is, well, in lack of better words Iím going to say amazing. Itís sticky and sweet, but itís so hard explaining this one! Dates and dried fruits is perhaps the closest Iím going to get. There are just so many things going on here! Impossible for me to tear apart. It actually reminds me a bit of utopias! Yeah thatís what it in a strange way reminds me of! It has that sweetness and fruitiness like a soft younger brother of utopias might could have had! Ok, letís taste it: YES! Score! Itís strong, sweet, fruity, sticky, boozy, pepperish, with candy, bitterness, licorice, hops, Christmas, spices, calvados, alcohol and dates. My oh my. Itís just so round, inviting and delicate considering this is actually a brutal Belgian at 13% ABV. What a beer. Savor this moment Palme, cause I think it will be a while until you get another one as nice as this. 02.06.2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8060) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle at Mikkeller. It pours clear amber with a small off-white head. The nose is gingerbread, toffee, baked apple, pear, spice, wood, leather, alcohol, faint oxidized notes, raisin and date. The taste is wood, earth, vinous, brandy, toffee apple, pretty high alcohol heat, winter spice, raisin, plum skin, tinned nectarine, over-ripe peach and orange peel with a long warming finish. Full body, fine, prickly carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Well-integrated. Great depth of flavour. A nice winter warmer. Perhaps still a bit boozy, but an enjoyable beverage nonetheless.

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